Rumbling Lombok volcano forces cancellation of Bali flights

Virgin Australia and Jetstar cancelled all flights to and from Bali and Australia on Tuesday because of concerns of volcanic ash from Mt Rinjani on the nearby island of Lombok.

Mt Rinjani, Lombok.

Mt Rinjani, Lombok. Image by Reinhard Kuchenbäcker / CC BY 2.0

Hikers were evacuated from Rinjani on Sunday morning after the volcano rumbled to life at about 10.45am. Virgin and Jetstar said meteorologists and the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre had deemed it unsafe to fly around Denpasar Airport on Tuesday, and advised people currently in Bali not to travel to Denpasar Airport without a confirmed rebooked flight. All other airlines are still operating because they reportedly have a different threshold for cancelling flights. Read more:

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